Tremors from an earthquake in nearby Iran were felt in Dubai and other parts of the UAE, sending thousands of office workers and residents to the streets as high-rise buildings were evacuated, bloggers report.
The quake, which measured 6.1 on the Richter scale, struck near Bandar Abbas, while tremors registered in the UAE measured 4.8, according to news reports.
Iraqi blogger Attawie, who lives in Abu Dhabi, sets the scene:
I was checking my email yesterday around 3 PM when I felt really dizzy. For someone fasting during Ramadan this is not a good news. It means you're not having the right portion of food to keep you healthy. But I remember very well that I had biryanee (rice with biryanee spices and vegetables), roasted piece of chicken, salad and a piece of cake with dried figs for desert. I can't be hungry this soon!
With closed eyes I was still feeling dizzy. Not a good idea to stand up, I looked right and there it was. The stuffed tiger with long dangling hands and legs was swinging right and left. It can't be the AC that made it move because if it was so then the shelves he was hanging on should not move too! Oh my God! An earthquake.
I ran to the next room where my father was helping my sister to hang her new shelves. I told them that there's an earth quake and I'm feeling dizzy. So they'd better change. We have to leave the building. A moment of silence there was and I said it's true look at the chandlers, they are swinging.
The earthquake was still there, the chandlers were still going left right and left, I put some important stuff in my handbag and told dad to bring the case of our important documents.
Seabee, from Dubai, says he felt nothing.
I was in Dubai Marina at the time and felt nothing. Mrs Seabee said her office building in Knowledge Village trembled slightly, but that's only three storeys high.
Many people are relating their experience of it to the media, but not the ones I'd like to hear from – the guys in the cranes above the world's tallest building Burj Dubai.
From Kuwait, Lebanese Fonzy posts a video, which shows people on the streets after evacuating their buildings:
Fonzy further explains:
These tremors are from a 6.2 quake that hit Iran and spread to Dubai. The aftershock measured 4.8 on the Richter scale. Buildings all along Sheikh Zayed Road were evacuated after the tremor struck at around 3.00pm, with crowds of confused people flooding out into the street. Buildings were actually swaying from side to side.
And Teachthemasses's School Days asks:
Did the Earth move for you?
The UAE Community Blog also features an exchange between bloggers and their readers about what happened.
The Lady asks:
Anybody felt any mild tremors today at around 3:05pm?
And hallodubai replies:
yes i did! our building was shaking!!!
I don't know about buildings swaying but my bed definitely moved!
But for Josh of Arabia, who was in Sharjah, there was more important business to attend to:
oh yeah, i was eating in the sofa and it moves..then our windchimes made sounds too..half of the people in our building in sharjah went down fast, but i rather go ahead eating..
i got lot of calls after..